International Military Music Society UK (Founder) Branch

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This site was last updated on 2nd  May 2022

Members receive the Branch's quarterly Journal, a full-colour illustrated magazine which features news and views about bands, concert reports, a diary of the bands' forthcoming public appearances and other articles of current and historic interest. Members also receive three issues each year of Band International, sent to all members worldwide.  


The Society periodically holds International Gatherings when members from as far afield as Canada, the Gulf States, Japan, New Zealand, the United States and Europe meet to enjoy a programme of events designed by the host country.  The UK Branch held a Gathering in 2014 and the USA branch in 2015, while more recently the Swedish branch's Gathering in Stockholm included witnessing behind-the-scenes preparations for the Guard Change at the Royal Palace.

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Supporting and encouraging the appreciation of military music

The International Military Music Society is for all those who enjoy military bands and their music in its many forms.  It offers members the opportunity to share their interest and enjoyment with fellow enthusiasts and also to receive regular news about military music and military bands.

For most of its existence the United Kingdom Branch of the Society held its quarterly meetings at The Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, Twickenham, the home of music in the British Army from 1857, and enjoyed presentations from guest speakers on a wide range of genres of military music and ceremonial.  Over the years the speakers have included Sir Vivian Dunn, Sir Michael Parker and Harry Mortimer, while in more recent times the BBC's Huw Edwards spoke about commentating on the Festival of Remembrance and The Queen's Birthday Parades, with others including Lieutenant-Colonel Stephen Barnwell who had recently retired as Senior Director of Music, Household Division and WO1 'Billy' Mott, then Garrison Sergeant Major London District.  

With Kneller Hall closing in 2021 it is intended that the meetings will move to a nearby community centre although prior to the problems caused by the virus, plans were in hand for meetings elsewhere in the country.

The Branch also arranges private visits for members to bands at their home bases; recent visits have been to the Royal Air Force Regiment at Northolt, the Royal Artillery at Tidworth and to the Royal Marines School of Music at Portsmouth.